Solar Energy for the Poor? – Part I

Author: Mario Müller

In his presentation at the recent ACS Meeting in Boston, Daniel G. Nocera (MIT) reported on “an artificial oxygen-evolving catalyst (OEC) that is a functional mimic of the oxygen-evolving catalyst and photosystem II”.
At the end of his talk, he hinted at the possibility of bringing solar energy to the poor soon. ChemistryViews followed up and presents an exclusive three-part interview:

In the first part, Nocera demonstrates the storage of solar energy in the form of electrochemically produced oxygen and hydrogen and its use in a fuel cell to drive a propeller.
In the second and third parts, he gives a summary and outlook on the development of affordable solar energy in an industrial application. Stay tuned …

Daniel G. Nocera is a co-chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemSusChem, a journal on chemistry and sustainability, energy and materials published by ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH.



  1. Jorge Ivan Cifuentes

    is important show the practical application of the experiments and invetions, like this, how about natural scale, one house for example? or small ville in developing countries Africa, Asia, South America, I saw some solar systems in Central America but they replace by grid after 1 year? bateries too expensive. good Mr.Muller..

  2. zaheer abbas

    nice work ..but sir why u r not using electricity directly to power an motor or other instead of splitting water?


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